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How one digital specialist climbed the career ladder from Ford to Tesco to Thomas Cook – Marketing Week
Story of my CV: Having carved out a career that specialises in digital and data across sectors as diverse as retail, automotive and travel, Chris Chalmers is clear about the value of variety on the path to becoming marketing director.
Chris Chalmers has always stood by the notion that once you learn the basic skills in marketing you can transfer them to any sector.
This philosophy means he is not afraid to change direction and seek out diversity in a career that has spanned car finance, grocery and travel, as well as home and fashion retail, working for a mixture of blue chip corporates and entrepreneurial startups.
Chalmers was creative at school and had a passion for art, but couldn’t decide whether to pursue a career in design or find a business role that offered a level of creativity. This led him to study marketing at Lancaster University, which included a year within the marketing department at British Airways.
With this experience under his belt, Chalmers embarked on an 18-month general management graduate scheme at Ford Credit, the financial services division of the car company. He became the first graduate to be placed in a field-based marketing role, which was essentially a sales role working with the Ford and Mazda dealer network.
“It was a great experience, but I hated every minute,” Chalmers recalls.
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